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Lets Talk Trash 2: Waste Management Strategy for Oxford County
May 14, 2014
Let's Talk Trash 2: Waste Management Strategy for Oxford County
Oxford County is asking for feedback on proposed changes that would offer better service, more  efficiently, with less impact to the environment.


July 2, 2014

This campaign has ended, but you can still submit a comment anytime through the Speak Up, Oxford! comment form.


Since December 2011, Oxford County has been working to develop a waste management strategy to serve as a road map for reducing, handling and disposing of waste. 


We want your feedback before we make changes. Through this page, you can:


  • Read the draft report
  • Fill out our online survey to get a free bag tag
  • Send us your comments or questions
  • Get details on the public information session and online meeting on Wednesday, June 18 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.


Take the survey

Take our short survey to tell us what matters to you when it comes to garbage and recycling and receive a complimentary bag tag. Take the survey



Public information session and online meeting

A public information session and online meeting was held on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Oxford County Administration Building in Woodstock.


Lets Talk Trash Video




About the meeting. The meeting consisted of a presentation followed by a question and answer period. Participants were able to watch, listen and ask submit questions in real time on their computer or supported mobile device. 


Submit your question. If you weren't able to make the meeting, you can still send in a question to Pamela Antonio, Waste Management Coordinator, at pantonio@oxfordcounty.ca. 

Key recommendations

Comments on all parts of the Draft Waste Management Strategy are appreciated. In particular, we want to know what you think about:


  • Moving to a six-day schedule for both garbage and recycling collection. Right now, garbage is picked up weekly and recycling is picked up every two weeks. This change would save $300,000 in program costs and reduce waste sent to landfill by 365 tonnes each year. However, it would mean that your collection day would rotate instead of remaining on a set day of the week, with the benefit of receiving more recycling collections over the year.


  • Supply each household with an additional blue box in 2015 to encourage recycling. This change comes at a one-time cost of $500,000 and is expected to divert 644 tonnes of waste from landfill. Research in other areas has shown supplying just one additional blue box increases recycling rates.


  • End the annual large article collection and replace it with a user-pay system for large item pick-up. This system could include a large article tag system for curbside collection or elimination of curbside collection altogether. This would save $440,000 in program costs annually and divert 450 tonnes from landfill.


  • Re-launch the backyard composting program at a one-time cost of $135,000. This would divert 250 tonnes each year from landfill.

Read the news release



Draft Waste Management Strategy

Link to full reportFULL REPORT: County of Oxford Draft Waste Management Strategy

HANDOUT: Executive Summary and Recommendations

Report sections